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but looking at narrower product lines. but now in coming to the u.s., i can look at all the different product lines in one geographic market, so it's a different way of looking at the business. much more in the trenches of day-to-day business in the market rather than in the headquarters of the corporation. >> host: for samsung's products is the u.s. and canada, north america, a growth market? >> guest: it still is. i mean, traditionally we've thought developed markets and developing markets, and with developed markets it's being seen as someone mature. but if you look at the last few years of our progress in the u.s. market, we've seen tremendous growth. some of that is coming from new categories like the rise of the digital television or the growth of the phone business. some of it is as we pick up our market share. we're the fastest-growing brand in home appliances, for example, an area where samsung brand hasn't been as well known. but now bringing the same mix of innovation that we brought to televisions and phones, bringing new designs, now we can also grab business in home appliances.
>>> eyes in the sky. the leaders of japan and the u.s. are considering additional radar to track threats from north korea. japanese prime minister shinzo abe has blocked off an important meeting in his agenda. he's heading to whington to meet with u.s. president barack obama. white house officials say they'll discuss economic issues, the u.s.-japan security alliance, and their approach to north korea. north korean officials launched a rocket in december. they said they put a satellite into space. but western leaders say they were testing technology for a ballistic missile. some security analysts say such a missile could reach the u.s. west coast and could carry a nuclear payload. north korean scientists carried out another underground nuclear test last week. and authorities in pyongyang have hinted they may conduct another rocket launch before the end of this year. abe and obama will meet on friday at the white house. japanese government officials say the leaders will discuss the deployment of a second x band radar. u.s. army personnel already operate those systems at an air self
targeting the u.s. out of this 1 12-story office tower. >>> listen to this, two times two. four babies born as two sets of identical twins. chew on that for a second. >> i can't. >> you got twins. >> i have one set. >> can you imagine? four of them. >> no. >> we're going to share that story with you. it's really great. good morning. welcome to "early startstart". >>> it's tuesday, february 19th. we have to begin with dramatic news overnight. emotions overflowing in the courtroom and it's happening right now as the blade runner turned murder suspect oscar pistorius is appearing in court for a crucial hearing. pistorius has been sobbing, breaking down as his defense is angling for bail this morning. their case denying that the killing was premedicated and at one point they even argue that girlfriend reba steenkamp's death was not even murder. meanwhile, the prosecution has been laying out its case. they say pistorius put on his limbs, walked about 20 feet and then shot through a locked bathroom door killing steenkamp. all of this is happening at this very moment with an unprecedented crush of
, vice president joe biden said the u.s. would be willing to talk to iran about their nuclear program after security council appear to be failing. we have been asking should we talk? will it give legitimacy to a regime that doesn't respect human rights. we have lots of other responses. have a great day. >>> a fox news alert. new details on a hostage situation in alabama as the efforts to rescue a little boy locked up in an underground bunker now stretches into a fifth day. i'm kelly li wright. >> jamie: i'm jamie colby. we have continuing coverage. welcome to a brand-new hour. let me give you an update, alabama police wrapping up a news conference and saying they are still in an open line of communication with suspect speaking through a ventilation pipe that runs into the shelter. that is where the two hold up. elizabeth prann is on the scene in midland city, alabama. with the latest. >> reporter: i can assure you the community is waited on baited breath and we had a press conference and there is open and constant line of communication with the suspect. take a listen. >> due to lack o
allen is retiring from the u.s. military and will not seek the post of the nato supreme allied commander in europe. the white house originally pushed back on a report. but today issued a statement on the general's retirement. allen's nomination was put on hold while investigated as part of the scandal that was, that forced c.i.a. trekker david petraeus from office. google stock price topped $800 for the first time today. the dow and the s&p both hit five-year highs today as well. the industrial average up. the 500 gained 11. >> this report from virginia base security firm highly charged because it lays out compelling case that the electronic trail leads to the military. it cites the nondescript building on the outskirt of shanghai that has chinese cyber espionage unit. >> we are doing thousands of intrusion and it leads us back to the same neighborhood. >> considering a safe secret by the chinese the report says the units are comfortable with english and have strong computer skill. >> it has excel and power point and documents and companys doing the merger and acquisition, we see targete
viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: for the second time in five months, a u.s. diplomatic post has been the target of a deadly assault. a suicide bomber detonated a vest with explosives outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey, today, killing himself and a security guard. the white house described it as a terrorist attack. the explosion occurred around 1:15 p.m. local time. afterward, police tried to hold back the crowd gathered outside the u.s. facility in the turkish capital. debris littered the street near a side entrance where the blast took place. emergency workers wheeled one of the injured into an awaiting ambulance. u.s. ambassador to turkey francis ricciardone spoke to reporters outside the embassy. >> right now, we are all dealing with our sadness at the loss of our fellow member of our embassy. we salute his bravery, his service to turkey and to turkish-american friendship. our hearts go out to his family. >> brown: in istanbul, prime minister recep tayyip erdogan called the bombing an "attack against peace in our country." and in washington, the state department's victoria
this morning. explosion outside of the u.s. embassy. taken place in ankara, turkey. reported just minutes ago. at this hour, we are hearing that several people have been hurt. we'll bring you to the pentagon for the latest on this story, just ahead. >>> also breaking news ahead. the former mayor of new york, ed koch has died. he was 88 years old. a look at his legacy this morning. a controversial, combative, confrontational and brash mayor, and the people of new york city loved him. we'll tell you about that, straight ahead. christine. >>> and the first jobs report of 2013 released in an hour and a half. the numbers for you, what it means for the health of the economy and the jobs market. >> and the defense secretary nominee on the defensive. chuck hagel grilled on capitol hill. did he blow his shot to convince lawmakers that he's the right man for the job? >> friday, february 1st, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. breaking news, we start with. two people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey
story. meantime, there is a lot going on. big new developments in u.s. policy towards iran. at a security conference in germany, vice president joe biden underlying u.s. willingness to hold direct talks with tehran over controversial nuclear program. listen. >> we have made it clear at the outset that we would not -- we would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the iranian leadership. we would not make a secret we are doing that. we would let our partners know if that occasion presented itself. that offer stands and it must be real and tangible and an agenda they are prepared to speak to. we are not just prepared to do it for the exercise. >> kelly: so, big developments there and our molly henneberg is live in washington with more details on this story. good to see you. >> molly: it takes two to have bilateral talks and the vice president says they are trying to get iran to the table. if they are serious about discussions on that nation's controversial nuclear program. previous discussions between iran and the five permanent members of the u.s. security council including t
people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now. turkey authorities are responding to that scene, trying to collect more information. the blast happened just a short while ago, some. news reports out of that area, saw a big flash, heard a big bang. reports of several people wounded near a side gate of the embassy. we're waiting for more information, the u.s., of course, has two major air bases in turkey no, where near the capit capital. soledad. >> thank you, chris, for watching this story. >>> also, we told you just moments ago, the former new york city mayor ed koch has died. he passed away from congestive heart failure. he had really problems with his health over the last many years. mayor koch elected in 1977. he was a judge on the people's court, and he had been hospitalized recent well fluid on his lungs. moved to intensive care yesterday. he was 88 years old. richard socaridies joins us. writer for
the u.s. embassy in turkey's capital was an "act of terror," said a white house spokesman today. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we get the latest on the deadly blast from a reporter on the scene in ankara. >> woodruff: then, margaret warner reports on a widening divide between israelis and palestinians after more than a decade of starts and stops in pece talks. waer: thousas ofsraeli shoppers used to drive up this road to take advantage of the bargains in the palestinian shops just ahead. the popular shopping district has become a virtual ghost town. >> brown: secretary of state hillary clinton logged nearly a million miles visiting more than 100 countries in the last four years. ray suarez examines her legacy. >> woodruff: mark shields and david brooks analyze the week's news. >> brown: and we close with a preview of sunday's big game. npr's mike pesca joins us from new orleans, site of super bowl xlvii. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newour has been proded by: >> bnsf railw
minutes from now. until then a look at comments by u.s. army chief of staff general ray odierno. he said friday the greatest threat facing our nation is fiscal uncertainty and potential budget shortfalls. >> good morning, everyone. i'm mike owe hand lan and on behalf of peter singer and everyone else here at bookings, for the 21st century hearing on intelligence. we're welcome to have general ray odierno to speak in what could not be a more important week for american defense policy making. you're aware of budget challenges of the process and how these can affect our men and women in uniform and future military planning and current operations. no one could be a more distinguished and thoughtful person who discuss these matters than general odierno who i have great honor to know a dozen years now. he has been a friend of brookings and the a friend of the broader defense community and he has been a distinguished servant in our nation's military and our nation's defense throughout that period. he took the fourth infantry division to iraq and presided over its operations, directed its operat
aircrafts group of california high school students is fond of wearing patriotic bandanas and chapting u-s-a. >> mayor bloomberg wants to ban styrofoam. mayor bloomberg, get your hands off my chicken masala. teens have been sleep texting and not remembering what they write which makes sense because i don't remember what i do when i am asleep -- and by asleep, i mean awake. and by don't remember, i mean won't admit to. andy? thanks a lot. >> see you at the half. let's welcome our guests. i am here with author, columnist and fox news contributor gedid ayah billa. bill schultz, you think he's on the face right now. next to me is john gibson, host of the john gibson show on fox news radio, weekdays noon eastern. >> does wearing old glory not hunky dory? a group of students in a basketball game in california were told to stop yelling u-s-a and ordered to remove their american flag bandanas or leave in a matchup. four camarillo students lift and ran back in during half-time, bandanas still on, still chanting. at that point, three were given five-day suspensions and the principal said they were m
of a police captain's daughter and her fiance. an affidavit for an arrest warrant gives u.s. marshals the power to extradite him. and ate found his wallet and -- an agent found his wallet and i.d. card near the san ysidro point of entry. >>> the world isn't happy about north korea setting off a nuclear underground test. cate caugiran has global reaction. >> reporter: this moving is causing dramatic ripple effects in the international community. even china is voicing opposition. the u.n. security council will hold a closed-door meeting to discuss the nuclear test. this test took place last night just before 9 p.m. eastern time. the u.s. geological survey said the blast had a magnitude of 4.7. a nuclear monitoring agent says the blast monday was twice as big as the last nuclear device the country tested in 2009. this morning we're learning that north korea says these tests were only a first response to so-called u.s. threats. north korean leaders are calling it self-defense and the nation warns of second and third measures if the u.s. maintains hos
to the streets across the country. bahrain is home to the u.s. navy's fifth fleet and a close u.s. ally in the region. we'll have more on the protests later in the broadcast. in the united states, nearly 50 people were arrested wednesday in front of the white house calling on president obama to reject the keystone xl pipeline. the pipeline would deliver tar sands oil from canada to refineries in texas. but critics who've joined a mounting campaign of civil disobedience say it will bring climate disaster. on tuesday, a group of protesters including leading scientists, activists and celebrities sat down and refused to move. some zip-tied themselves to a fence. those arrested included environmentalist bill mckibben, actress daryl hannah, and nasa climate scientist james hansen and former chair of the naacp julian bond. the protest was a landmark for the sierra club environmental group after its board endorsed an act of civil disobedience for the first time in its 120-year history. director michael brune was among those arrested. >> so we know we cannot win on climate change if we continue
history again this week when her statue was unveiled in the u.s. capital. we have not gotten to see the finished product yet, not until the unveiling in a few hours. what were the logistics involved in getting across the country from california where you work and also getting it set up in the capital is. >> guest: well my partner came out several days ago to coordinate the moving of it and she was in a warehouse in a crate for a little while here in washington. i wasn't here but i saw some photographs. they had a large crane and she weighs 2700 pounds. so they lifted her up with one of those long extension cranes, narrowly guided her into statuary hall. >> host: eugene daub your firm has done other sculptures. it any significant in your experience as this one? >> guest: well you know i don't think there is any as high-profile as high-profile as this one for sure. we have done jefferson and lincoln and louis and clark and a lot of other wonderful famous and important people but for some reason russo creates a stir and i think it's timely with black history month and her 100th anniver
. six weeks later, the u.s. attack. the wmd's were never found. today we'll speak with media analyst norman solomon and colorado lawrence wilkerson, "with liberty and justice for some: how the law is used to destroy equality and protect the powerful." 's former chief of staff. >> i have admitted to this a number of times publicly and privately, was the person who put together colin powell's presentation on february, five, 2003. probably the biggest mistake of my life. >> u.s. lawmakers are threatening to cut funding to brooklyn college, this will host a forum to mourn at about the palestinian led campaign to boycott and divest from israel. >> extreme radicals, as i said, basically what the state of israel to disappear from the face of the earth. i have a problem with that. they are sponsoring this event. they're supporting ms. event. that is the issue. that is absolutely outrageous. >> we will be joined by one of the speakers at the brooklyn college event, omar barghouti. also, glenn greenwald. another campaign, this went over climate change. students at over 200 campuses are pushing
. in a speech last summer, brennen said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into a, quote, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples
for the ladies and gentlemened behind the u.s.s. cole attack is on hold for two months. they are orders doctors to determine if al nashiri is able to stand trial. he has post traumatic stress disorder after being tortured at a cia prison. >> the american pastor sentenced to 8 years in iran says the united states is not doing enough to help free him. he mentioned his doubts during a visit to his relatives. it was a second time he was allow to do see them. he has been locked up since august for refuse to go renounce his christian faith. >> one of the credit card fraud rings has been busted. 28 states, 7 countries and involves 7,000 fake id's. it started in 2007 in jersey city, new jersey. the group created fake business documents to get more than 25,000 credit cards all over the course of time the ladies and gentlemened scammers racked up 200,000 dollars in charges. the 6th sandy hook administrator who died protecting those students will be awarded the 2012 presidential sglint's award. they will present the medal to the surviving family members at a white house. they honor citizens for their civi
, on this valentine's day. their combination means the field of major u.s. carriers will shrink by one. these jetliners-- sporting shiny new paint jobs-- are among the roughly 900 planes in the american airlines fleet and they're about to be joined by the 622 planes currently flying for u.s. airways. the price tag for the deal: $11 billion. creditors of american's bankrupt parent company a.m.r. will own 72% of the combined airline. the merger affects some 187 million passengers who fly the two airlines annually. >> i grew up on u.s. airways. >> brown: as well as more than 100,000 employees. >> our best goal going forward is to make it the biggest, strongest airline in the country, and i suppose that's about to happen. >> brown: the combined company will keep the american name and headquarters in fort worth, texas. but it is u.s. airways c.e.o. doug parker who will run it. his counterpart-- tom horton at american-- will serve as chairman, but bow out after the transition the two are friends who started their careers together at american three decades ago. >> to run a new airline you nee
for an arrest warrant now gives u.s. marshals the power to extradite dorner. it cites probable cause he is heading to mexico to avoid prosecution. dorner allegedly attempted to steal a boat in san diego and told the boat captain he was taking the vessel to mexico. authorities found dorner's wallet and id cards near the san ysidro point of entry. >>> kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is in the newsroom with global reaction to the north korean nuclear test. >> reporter: this move is causing ripple facts in the international community even china north korea's staunchest ally voicing opposition. this test took place last night just before 9 p.m. eastern time. the u.s. geological survey said the blast had a magnitude of 4.9. this morning we are learning north korea says these tests were only a first response to so-called u.s. threats. leaders are calling it self- defense and the nation warns of second and third measures if the u.s. maintains hostilities. the test has heightened tension in the region especially in japan and south korea. u.s. ambassador to japan
, but not on saturdays. the u.s. postal service is dropping saturday letter deliveries to save billions. >> tom: i'm tom hudson. fresh pain at the pump. american drivers see a steep jump in gas prices: up 15 cents a gallon in the past week alone. >> susie: and the federal reserve says it's been hit, by cyber hackers. we look at u.s. businesses and just how safe their networks are. >> tom: that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! >> susie: the u.s. postal service says this summer it will stop delivering mail on saturdays, ending a service that began 150 years ago. cutting back to a five-day a week schedule will save $2- billion. the post office has been losing about $20 million a day, as e- mail useage ramps up and mail volume plunges. congress has required the post office to deliver six days a week, but the postmaster general believes there is a loophole in the law that will allow him to make the change. darren gersh reports on the business fallout. >> reporter: first class mail is the postal service's most profitable product. it is also a business that is disappearing at the rate of 5% a year. >> people pay
the name jesus, going after a dozen other u.s. clothing companies for selling jesus the and apparel. now, they claim their company has the exclusive rights to the name and other people cannot use it. >> and not getting it. jesus teens is the name of that company. they register the name. back in 2007. here is was some of those genes look-alike. the company uses phrases like dow shot at any other genes before me and he loves me follows me. according to the u.s. trademark office the name of a personal character is register both only to if you can show it is used in a way that tells people what you do in addition to who you are. in this case, they get the name because it is at tied -- the name is tied to apparel. in my opinion a name like jesus should be the exception. should be trademarked. jesus jeans, well, they should have turned the other cheek. that is my "2 cents more." and coming up tomorrow, a routine checkup that cost more than a new car. all talk to the man behind some startling new numbers on the price of health care. steven brill from time magazine. you're going to want to see t
behind. u.s. rare earth announced they obtained a new permit to drill in montana. it's a big deal because it takes years to get approval for this. coming up exclosively on fox business, the president of rare earth tells us why america has a costly mineral deficit and what needs to be done about it. david: rely on the chinese for that when we can get it at home. the clock ticking away to a string of automatic cuts. they go into effect of a budget agreement is not reached while the debate over what to cut continues, the white house pushes for a $50 billion project. $50 billion increase in spending? yes, what could it be? we'll tell you coming up after our break. ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct shouting, bell dinging ] ...you'll bust your brain box. ♪ all onhinkorswim from td ameritrade. ♪ sandra: hp up after reporting better than expected earnings. nicole on the floor of the new york stock exchange, looking like hpq holding on
of the u.s. administration and barack obama himself, they understand that they are focused in, to be effective in their relationships, they have to work well together. europe is a strong partnership. >> [inaudible question] >> i think it will require important adjustments and policies on both sides of the atlantic. it will eventually be done in the time span that you outlined. >> that would be one of the adjustments needed. >> i feel that there is a new sense of realism about europe within europe. the breakup of the euro, exit from the eurozone, all of these difficulties. all of the cynics who knew all of the answers had you never had any permanent data mechanism, you will never get to a point where you make it is and it is important. the european council is now moving on. when we didn't support the tax of [inaudible] , because their implications, yet the first meeting, it was the first item on the agenda. the countries that supported this could get out of. i think during this current time, we need to start the negotiations for free trade between the eu and the u.s. the greate
test site. the white house calls it a highly provocative act that threatens u.s. security and international peace. it has prompted the u.n. security council to hold an emergency meeting later this morning. brianne carter will have much more on this developing story coming up in our 5:00 hour as well. >> tonight the focus will be on president obama as he delivers his state of the union. >> he is expected to press congress to improve more -- approve more tax increases and spending cuts. >> president obama's state of the union speech tonight will focus primarily on jobs and the economy. it is expected to be different than his inaugural address last month. >> the economy will be central to the speech and how we grow the economy so everybody can participate and get a fair shot. >> president a look at clean energy education, and infrastructure. he warns against the automatic spending cuts. adding additional spending would require congressional approval putting mr. obama on a collision course with house republicans. >> it's time for washington to get back to the basics. we canno
and admitted doper lance armstrong accusing him of defrauding his long time sponsor, the u.s. postal service. >> jamie: want to tell you about some new developments in what has become an international adoption fight. it's all over a boy living here in the u.s. he came from russia and russia's now demanding that the u.s. return a two-year-old boy adopted by the same texas family as his brother. there were two boys and one of them was found dead at the family home last month under suspicious circumstances. molly line has more from our new york city news room now they want the other little boy back? >> exactly. russian lawmakers and officials are expressing outrage following the january death of the three year old adoptee, demanding the little brother be turned to his homeland. and they were adopted by laura and adam shadow. max died on january 21st, but exactly how remains under investigation pending autopsy results. and the sheriff's office claims they were outside playing when she he discovered max lying unconscious and transferred to a local hospital where he later died. texas child welfare
. >> and the most romantic hotel in the world, the anastasi apartments in greece. >> in a that looks u.s. >> and in the u.s., the bardesbond in, the rooms start at 600 and go up to $1,200. >> they bottle that, it's called wine. thanks so much. happy valentine's day, everybody. no matter what you do, enjoy it. thanks for watching "street signs." >>> hi, everybody. we enter the final stretch. welcome to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo at new york stock exchange. this market fighting for a close in positive territory, brill. >> the dow is fighting. got the s&p and nasdaq positive, but we're kicking off the final hour watching other stories as well right now, including a huge day for mergers. warren buffett buys heinz. american/usairways form the biggest airline in the world, but so far the stock market seems unimpressed. what message is that saying about where our economy is right now? we'll look at that coming up. >> a lot of implications to see this deal flow pick up steam early in the year. more signs though that the individual investor is dipping his or her toes back into the st
to leave the pro dense and killing. >> hamid karzai made these allegations among afghan linked to u.s. special forces in the providence. the afghan claims some of that misconduct includes the beheading of a stew p dent. it is a key location for insurgency efforts. certain armed individuals linked causing insect and instability. in a statement gaven stan national security council claims u.s. special forces stationed in that providence are quote engaging and harassing annoying torturing and even murdering innocent people. the afghans further state that misconduct is causing local public resentment and hatred. in addition it goes on to saying bombing intelligence officials which is nearby providence as well. claims u.s. special forces are discussing the providence. they want the u.s. to handle individuals allegedly involved in the actions for misconduct and stating for the u.s. special forces get out of that area in the next two weeks. u.s. forces are basically saying, quote, we take all allegations of misconduct seriously and go to great lengths to investigate them. that's all of the fu
's not much disagreement about the need. i've never met a democrat or a republican u.s. been a governor who does not think the american people should have a sense that hard work will be rewarded. the work party have an opportunity. i do not know of any men and women that are a better living example of that and all be sitting in front of me. we all use the phrase move forward in a balanced way. one man's balance is another man's imbalance. that is what we have got to talk about. the one thing i do not think any of the lack is a vision about how great this country can be. we ought to be able to reassert ourselves in a way that we own the 21st century. i know the guy i am about to introduce believes that but you do. let me introduce you to my friend, barack obama.[applause] [applause] >> thank you. have a seat. thank you. welcome. thank you for being here. we all have a lot on our plate. everything from our immigration system to our education system. as joe said, our goal is to make sure that we can be an effective partner with you. i want to thank the members of my cabinet who are here and me
, white, and blue. his team sponsor was the u.s. postal service and, in the late 1990s, the agency could hardly believe its luck, that it had put its money on a man who became arguably the greatest endurance athlete of all time. well, today color the pofl service embarrassed. the u.s. justice department announced this afternoon that it will join a civil lawsuit that claims armstrong defrauded the federal government. here's bob orr. >> reporter: the lawsuit as lance armstrong broke his sponsorship contract with the u.s. postal service by using performance-enhancing drugs while winning multiple tour de france titles. the postal service paid at least $31 million to sponsor armstrong's cycling team and now the justice department wants that money back and could seek total damages approaching $100 million. the lawsuit, first filed by armstrong's former teammate floyd landis in 2010, claims the team knowingly caused the united states postal service agreements to be violated by regularly employing banned substances and methods to enhance their performance. that charge brought strong denials from
to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the u.s. postal service announced today it plans to end saturday mail delivery beginning in august. under the plan, post offices already open on saturdays will remain so. packages will also continue to be delivered on saturdays. but home and business mail would end. the move would save an estimated $2 billion annually. the postal service ended the last budget year with a record loss, nearly $16 billion. today's decision was criticized by several members of congress who may try to overule the agency. and the head of the letter carrier's union called the move "a disastrous idea that would have a profoundly negative effect." joining us now is postmaster general patrick donohoe. and welcome to you. you spoke today being in a "very scary position financially." how scary? >> well, here's where we are right flow. now. as you mentioned we had a pretty substantial loss last year and those were accounting losses. $11.1 billion of the $15.9 is attributed to prepayment for retiree health care that we didn't pay. we defaulted. you have
of uranium deposits. >> plus, battle ground usa. serious new questions about the u.s. drone program as the government announces a broad extension of mini drones right here at home. >> and pain at the pump. you take look at what caused u.s. gas prices to go up every day for 36 straight days and is the mystery streak over yet? we'll take a look. >> a major showdown brewing in washington over looming forced spending cuts set to kick in march 1. as the clock ticks down, both sides are blaming each other for failing to break the stalemate. >> the fact is republicans in congress right now will provide the flexibility to make the necessary spending reductions and address our deficit and debt instead of going through the sequester. in fact, house republicans have already passed two bills to replace the president's sequester. >> these cuts don't have to happen. congress can turn them off any time with just a little compromise. they can pass a balanced plan for deficit reduction. they can cut spending in a smart way and close wasteful tax loopholes for the well off and well connected. >> moll
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